AboutBureau presents Robin Megannity's first solo exhibition, 'Compression'.
The latest exhibition at 3 Hardman Square features new paintings by Robin Megannity that make open reference to art-historical conversation; to the austere traditions, affecting themes, and sombre characters recurrent within the history of oil painting.
Megannity is interested in the complexities of painting as devices for producing meaning today: the position, relevance and intention of art with âtraditional' associations. He attempts to exploit the dramatic potential of techniques âappropriated' from an academic heritage, whilst embracing the formality and cultural weight inherent in a painting practice.
His paintings present quiet, suspended stories, and demonstrate a capacity for narrative association. Yet he resists a fixed narrative and there is an ambiguity to his images. They convey a personal and idiosyncratic perspective, rather than a specific statement. Engaging with and referencing a cast of actors, costumes and props (often staged in his studio, photographed, and then altered during the translation into paint), themes emerge and interweave, are hinted at, elaborated in titles, but remain open, refuting a clear conclusion.
The exhibition takes its title, 'Compression', from associations with the tensions Megannity aims for in the scenes he constructs, the pressurised or claustrophobic environments. It also references the compression of data; the painted image becomes a compressed file where information he gathers during production stages is clipped, enhanced or lost.
At each layer of the painting process the image gathers interference, the dissonance between what is earnest, what is staged, and what is a result of material technique, add to the complexity of associations. Painting is the means by which the artist thinks, feels and sees, a way to combine the real and unreal, logic and intuition.
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